1 Peter 5: Christian Leadership

Why is eyewitness testimony of greater value than hearsay?

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1 Peter 5:1–2 As a respected leader, an eyewitness of Christ’s suffering, and one who has tasted the glory to come, I admonish you leaders to eagerly feed God’s flock, not for money but because you are good shepherds, caring for your sheep.
King James
1 Peter 5:1–2 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

What should we do if we feel like we have nothing to offer?

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1 Peter 5:1–2 As a respected leader, an eyewitness of Christ’s suffering, and one who has tasted the glory to come, I admonish you leaders to eagerly feed God’s flock, not for money but because you are good shepherds, caring for your sheep.
King James
1 Peter 5:1–2 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

What is the difference between leading by example and leading by command?

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1 Peter 5:3–4 Lead by example, not by command, and when the Great Shepherd appears, you’ll be highly praised and eternally rewarded.
King James
1 Peter 5:3–4 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Why do elders often receive little respect?

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1 Peter 5:5 Let the younger disciples respect their elders, and let the elders recognize their responsibility to the younger ones, everyone humbly honoring one another, for God favors the humble and resists the proud.
King James
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

What does it mean to be content with who we are?

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Psalm 27:4 I will seek from the Lord what I want more than anything else: to live with him in his house every day of my life, to recognize his greatness and learn from him.
Philippians 4:11 I have no reason to speak of my needs, because I have learned to be content, no matter what the circumstances are.
Hebrews 13:5 Don’t be greedy, wanting what others have, but be content with whatever God provides, for he has said he will never leave us. He will never forsake us as orphans.
1 Peter 5:6 Be content with who you are, confident in who you will become by surrendering yourself to the hands of almighty God, for in due time, he will lift you up.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, we may be God’s children, but we don’t yet know what we will become. But the more of him we see, the more we’ll want to be like him, for we shall see how great he really is.
King James
Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

If God knows our hearts, why are people sometimes reluctant to express our feelings to him?

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1 Peter 5:7 Since you know how much God cares, you can surrender all your worries to him.
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1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Why might we regard Satan as a “lion without teeth”?

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James 4:7 Completely surrender your will to whatever God wants. Then your resistance to the devil is an absolute no, and he has no reason to hang around.
1 Peter 5:8–9 Watch out! Your adversary Satan is roaming the earth like a roaring lion, looking for those he might devour. Fully committed and trusting God, stand strong in your faith and reject Satan’s temptations, for everyone in the world must suffer these things as you are.
1 John 4:4 You are of God, dear children, victorious over the false teachers because the Spirit within you is greater than the spirit of the world.
King James
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8–9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

What conditions must exist for a person to be “established, strengthened, and perfected”?

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1 Peter 5:10 You will be established, strengthened, and perfected for eternal glory in Christ Jesus and will see God’s favor just beyond this short time of suffering.
King James
1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

How do we benefit from assigning “all power and glory” to God?

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1 Peter 5:11 All power and glory to him forever. So let it be.
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1 Peter 5:11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

What kind of relationship do you think existed between Peter and Silvanus?

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1 Peter 5:12 With the help of Silvanus, a faithful follower of the Lord, I’ve written this short letter to encourage you and declare the truth of God’s love and grace so you will have strength to stand.
King James
1 Peter 5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

Why was it important for Peter to mention his “son Mark”?

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1 Peter 5:13 The believers here in Babylon, called by God like you are, send their greetings, and so does my son Mark.
King James
1 Peter 5:13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.

What is lost and what is gained by blessing others?

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1 Peter 5:14 Greet one another with Christian affection. May all who have surrendered to Christ Jesus be blessed with his peace. May it be so.
King James
1 Peter 5:14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.